By Linda S Watts
Includes over 500 articles Ranging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and laptop lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight folks literature, song, and crafts; activities and vacations; tall stories and mythical figures; genres and kinds; scholarly techniques and theories; areas and ethnic teams; performers and creditors; writers and students; spiritual ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries fluctuate from concise definitions to precise surveys, each one observed through a quick, up to date bibliography. distinct positive aspects *More than 2000 members *Over 500 articles highlight folks literature, tune, crafts, and extra *Alphabetically prepared *Entries followed by means of up to date bibliographies *Edited via America's best-known folklore authority
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Woodcrafts, ranging from whittling pine chains, to weaving baskets that recapture traditional Native American patterns, to producing Adirondack chairs and canoes, provide glimpses of traditions that a few years ago could be found only in museums. Oral traditions, especially folksongs, are performed at folk festivals held during the summer and fall months throughout the Adirondacks. Several museums featuring examples of Adirondack folklife, including both arts and crafts, are open to the public.
Degrees in folklore. Folklore studies at Harvard date from 1856 when Francis James Child began collecting English and Scottish fblk ballads from books, broadsides, and manuscripts. Child did not develop separate folklore courses or a folklore program, but he incorporated folklore in his English courses and trained several notable American folklorists, including George Lyman Kittredge, successor to Child’s English professorship in 1894. Harvard became the center for the literary study of folklore in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the interest in folklore at Harvard was maintained in the 1930s by a group of Americanists, who promoted an interdisciplinary study of American culture to include folk and popular cultures as well as formal culture, and by Milman Parry and Albert Bates Lord, who initiated field research in European oral epics.
Young African Americans often complain about the speed at which the population at large appropriates appealing Black folk expression. Music, clothing, dance styles, and art forms shaped by African Americans are soon adopted by the dominant culture. However, the impulse to transform and invent folk expression is a strong one, and African Americans, like all folk groups, will continue to enjoy an exciting folk culture.  1970. Deep Down in the Jungle: Negro Narrative Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia.
American Folklore: An Encyclopedia by Linda S Watts